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Casa Feliz Parlor Series presents Seeking Truth on Preservation: A Panel of Experts

It can seem a hollow exercise to argue historic preservation in theory: some people say it’s good for property values, others say it hurts them.  Some folks think voluntary preservation is effective; others equate optional preservation with open season on historic structures.

For the answers to these and other preservation quandaries, the Friends of Casa Feliz will join with Winter Park Voice to co-sponsor “WORTH PROTECTING? Historic Preservation -- Reports from the Front Lines...A Panel Discussion.”  This special edition of the Casa Feliz Parlor Series will be held offsite, at the Winter Park Community Center, in order to accommodate a larger audience. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, and will be moderated by Beth Kassab, award-winning columnist of the Orlando Sentinel.

The panel will feature some of the foremost experts on historic preservation in Florida.  Rick Gonzalez, AIA, is the President of REG Architects in West Palm Beach.  Gonzalez is the immediate past chairman of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and an accomplished preservation architect.  His resume includes the restoration ofDonald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and the 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse.

Kathleen Slesnick Kauffman is Preservation Chief of Miami Dade County, where she oversees 127 individually designated sites, 43 archeological sites and zones and 5 historic districts, and the 24 municipalities within the county that don’t have their own ordinance. She has served as the executive director of the Florida Trust and as the Historic Preservation Officer in Fort Pierce and Lake Park.

Christine Dalton, AICP, is the Community Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Sanford.   She is an adjunct professor at Rollins College, where she teaches Introduction to Historic Preservation. 

Be sure and join us for this stimulating discussion. RSVP to